Seven JKUAT Marine Engineering graduates have been recruited by Saudi Arabia’s Bahri National Shipping Company, the world’s largest owner and operator of Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs).
The seven; Cyril Omondi Ochieng, James Mwendo Mawili, Michael Juma Achieno, James Mwamuye Laika, Ahmed Yahya Saad, Kimathi Evans and Ahmed Haitham Farid are among the 13 seafarers recruited for placement aboard Bahri Company vessels.
Lauding the shipping company for the opportunity they have accorded the young seafarers, Principal Secretary, State Department of Shipping and Maritime Affairs, Dr. Nancy Kirigithu said, sea time is a mandatory experiential training that enables maritime cadet trainees to acquire hands on training aboard ships.
Echoing Dr. Kirigithu’s words, the Chairman, Department of Marine Engineering and Maritime Operations, Dr. Christiaan Adenya said the recruitment gave JKUAT a platform to showcase her Marine Engineering graduates on the International Maritime stage.
“This opportunity will enable the graduates to gain practical skills and knowledge and at the end of the training, the graduates will be in a position to take up more responsibility and positions on a ship as seafarers,” inscribed Dr. Adenya.
Making reference to the quality of training at the department, Dr. Adenya said JKUAT expects the graduates to perform exceptionally well and consequently, attain certificates of competency based on the opportunities presented by the national shipping carrier of Saudi Arabia.
Bahri National Shipping Company joins the Mediterranean Shipping Company as the second firm to employ Kenyan seafarers and with such opportunities the global maritime job market will be within reach for marine graduates in the country. The shortlisting interviews were conducted via skype at the beginning of January 2020.
JKUAT has over the years, formed partnerships with various maritime institutions and bodies in order to accomplish its Maritime education and training mandate. These include Kenya Maritime Authority, Kenya Ports Authority, Kenya Navy, Korea Maritime and Ocean University, Jooway Shipping Company Limited (Korea), Maritime Institute Willem Barentsz (Netherlands), Shanghai Maritime University (China) and Dalian Maritime University (China) among others.
The department also has adjunct and visiting Professors from Maritime Institute Willem Barentsz, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Newcastle University (UK), Shanghai Maritime University and Korea Maritime and Ocean University.